Comelec: 96 barangay officials killed since January-A A +A
Sunday, September 29, 2013
MANILA -- The election season officially began only on September 28, but the killing of barangay officials already piled up to almost 100 since the year began.
According to the Commission on Elections (Comelec), they received a report from the Philippine National Police (PNP) that 96 barangay officials – including 47 barangay chairpersons – have been killed since January.
“Magmula noong January of this year, 47 barangay captains have been killed and 49 kagawads,” said Comelec Commissioner Grace Padaca in an interview.
She said this is already higher compared to the 2010 barangay elections, wherein there were only 12 barangay captains and 10 barangay kagawads killed.
Padaca noted, though, that not every death was related to the forthcoming October 28 elections.
Of the 97 violent incidents nationwide, she said, only 24 of them were found to be election-related violence, said Padaca.
The poll official also expressed hopes that PNP, with the help of the military, shall strictly enforce the prevailing Comelec gun ban, which began on Saturday.
“Sana 'yung kanilang campaign against loose firearms and private-armed groups ay seryoso talaga para mabawasan ang casualties this elections,” said Padaca.
On Saturday, the election period for the barangay officials began. It was marked by the revival of the Comelec checkpoints in key parts of every city and municipality, and the start of the implementation of the gun ban. (HDT/Sunnex)